Like others, Brian Dick found that necessity was the mother of invention when it came to "Bed Bug," the image on the cover of this week's CityBeat.
"It is part of a series I started while living in Paris in 1997," Dick explains via e-mail. "I decided to start making my bed differently every day. It is really a context to give continuity to my activities.
"Essentially, I am taking the chore of bed-making, which implies a sameness or repetition, and transforming that into a context where I can work creatively with the same or similar materials—my bedding," he continues.
But, his chronicle of beds wasn't just a distraction from the tedium of daily life. There were practical reasons, too.
"It actually came about because it was freezing in Paris when I arrived; I had very little money for materials, and the city was a mystery to me. Staying in my apartment made sense. Also, it meant that I could reuse the same materials for working and sleeping," Dick jokes.
Overall, there's a joyful and fun-for-all-ages quality to Dick's work (www.brothergeek.com). His interactive "No Rules Except … YARD" was an inaugural installation at the New Children's Museum in 2008. Then, there's his "Mascots" series for the National Museum Mascot Project.
"Play and invention are important to me," he says. "If I am not learning as I am doing, I feel the work is pretty static and maybe doesn't need to exist."
Dick's work has a certain spontaneity to it, too.
"I build it as I go," Dick describes. "Whether it is a sculpture like this, a performance or something more conceptual, I am just inventing as I go."
Outside of the amusing sculpture that used all of his bedding, there's another, more sentimental reason Dick particularly likes this week's cover image.
"I was staying at my parents' house, and I thought it would be funny to make a kind of creature out of the bedding," Dick says. "My mom happened to be around and was a good enough of a sport to let me build this costume / apparatus around her."
Unfortunately, Dick's mother passed away a few years ago. But, he thinks she'd appreciate the cover.
"It's a good memory," he says. "She'd get a kick out of knowing that the picture has been on a magazine."
For the time being, he'll go on creating, with a few shows currently in the planning stages.